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Matt Wieters open to extension with Orioles

Mar 22, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

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Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is interested in signing a contract extension, but does not want it to distract him from the 2013 season according to MASN’s Steve Melewski:

Is he a player that would not be in favor of any in-season contract talks?

“You know, once the season gets here, I’d rather focus on the year,” Wieters said. “Like I said, I am here for three years no matter what, so it’s not like we have to get something done during the year. We love Baltimore and right now we are happy and excited for this year.”

The 26-year-old Wieters doesn’t become a free agent until after the 2015 season. However, he and the Orioles agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million deal on January 18, avoiding arbitration in his first year of eligibility. The Orioles could save themselves some money by buying out the remaining two years and beyond.

Wieters hit 23 home runs, made the All-Star team for the second time, and won a second Gold Glove award as well last season.

  1. psuravens19 - Mar 23, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Don’t. Ever. Run.

  2. onbucky96 - Mar 23, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Matt is open to an extension but it must be done by the season opener. Sure. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t he represented by the Dark Lord of Negotiations, aka Scott Boras. I call Shennanagins.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 23, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Boras works for him. He might advise against it, but if Wieters tells him to get something done, he’ll get something done.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        -Jered Weaver

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